Established in 1846 as the University at Lewisburg; renamed Bucknell University in 1886 in honor of William Bucknell, a major benefactor. The University is highly selective, private, nonsectarian, coeducational (since 1883), residential and undergraduate, with a small graduate program.  

High Marks

  • #32 among national liberal arts colleges (U.S. News & World Report)
  • #9 among undergraduate engineering programs (U.S. News & World Report)
  • #5 in Newsweek's College Rankings: Most Beautiful Schools (2012)
  • #4 among liberal arts colleges for alumni median lifetime earnings, and #40 overall among 1,312 schools

Great Outcomes

  • 94% of first-year students return as sophomores. (Class of 2016 retention rate)
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  • 91% of our students graduate within six years — a rate well above the national average. No perpetual college students here.
  • Nine months after graduation, 97% of the Class of 2013 reported being employed, in graduate school, both employed and in graduate school, volunteering or engaged in another activity. 

Division I Athletics

  • Smart and sporty — Our student-athletes' 93% graduation rate is tied for the highest in the country.
  • 27 varsity sports (13 men's, 14 women's)
  • Winner of the Patriot League Presidents' Cup, the league's all-sports trophy, 18 of the last 23 years

Below are some more fast facts about Bucknell University.

Academics


Question

How many majors and minors does Bucknell offer?


More than 50 majors and 65 minors.

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The number of classes taught by grad students. Faculty teach all our classes.

350


Bucknell has 350 full-time, tenure-line faculty members, all of whom teach undergraduates.

9:1


Our student-faculty ratio is 9:1.

97%


About 97% of faculty members have a doctorate or other terminal degree.

Our Students…


...give back. About 85% of seniors participate in community service or volunteer work. 

...get involved. Students can choose from more than 150 student-run clubs and organizations.

...hail from 46 states and 63 countries (more than 175 international students go here)

3,500 undergraduates, ~100 graduate students

A Resource-Rich Campus


Campus Theatre

Bucknell's Facilities

More than 100 facilities including a performing arts center, art deco movie theatre, Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University Bookstore, the Samek Art Museum and a well-equipped fitness center.

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Beyond the Region

New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Pittsburgh are all within a three-to-four-hour drive, and Bucknell offers frequent trips to these great cities.

Affordability


About 51 percent of students receive financial aid from Bucknell, and 62 percent receive financial aid in some form. 

The average total need-based aid package for a student in the Class of 2018 who demonstrates financial need is about $31,500, which includes grants and scholarships, loans and student employment.

For the Class of 2013, the average total federal student loan indebtedness upon graduation for those who borrowed was $22,500.

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